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Advice on budget workstation build

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I'm trying to come up with a "budget" workstation.

This will be used with the stock Intel-cooler and integrated graphics. Its use case will mainly be Visual Basic and browsing. Some photo editing. Thoughts on choosing the i5-7600? I obviously won't go with the k-series, but could I get away with saving a few bucks and use a Pentium (yet still have a somewhat smooth 60hz experience on the desktop aswell as in a browser)?

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What programs will you use? Some may benefit from the higher core and thread count of Ryzen, and most should perform very similarly on 8th gen i3s

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Something something

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“Budget” doesn’t say much about what you’re willing to spend. What would that be?

Main System: Phobos

AMD Ryzen 7 2700 (8C/16T), ASRock B450 Steel Legend, 16GB G.SKILL Aegis DDR4 3000MHz, AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB (XFX), 960GB Crucial M500, 2TB Seagate BarraCuda, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations/macOS Catalina

 

Secondary System: York

Intel Core i7-2600 (4C/8T), ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3, 16GB GEIL Enhance Corsa DDR3 1600MHz, Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB, 240GB ADATA Ultimate SU650, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

 

Older File Server: Yet to be named

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Just now, seon123 said:

What programs will you use?

Mostly chrome, visual studio and solitaire xD.

1 minute ago, seon123 said:

Some may benefit from the higher core and thread count of Ryzen

I thought about that, but wasn't there something about Ryzen' not having integrated graphics? I could be wrong though, but saving on the purchase of a gpu will be cheaper methinks.

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2 minutes ago, Jamiec1130 said:

“Budget” doesn’t say much about what you’re willing to spend. What would that be?

"keep it within 1100$, but I want it as cheap as possible"

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Just now, peredv said:

Mostly chrome, visual studio and solitaire xD.

I thought about that, but wasn't there something about Ryzen' not having integrated graphics? I could be wrong though, but saving on the purchase of a gpu will be cheaper methinks.

You’re right, Rhzen does not have an iGPU, but if you aren’t doing much real “workstation” tasks (a potato can do Chrome and other stuff), then something like a 1050 Ti would be fine, or a 1060, provided it was within your budget. 

Main System: Phobos

AMD Ryzen 7 2700 (8C/16T), ASRock B450 Steel Legend, 16GB G.SKILL Aegis DDR4 3000MHz, AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB (XFX), 960GB Crucial M500, 2TB Seagate BarraCuda, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations/macOS Catalina

 

Secondary System: York

Intel Core i7-2600 (4C/8T), ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3, 16GB GEIL Enhance Corsa DDR3 1600MHz, Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB, 240GB ADATA Ultimate SU650, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

 

Older File Server: Yet to be named

Intel Pentium 4 HT (1C/2T), Intel D865GBF, 3GB DDR 400MHz, ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB (HIS), 80GB WD Caviar, 320GB Hitachi Deskstar, Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows Server 2003 R2

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6 minutes ago, peredv said:

Mostly chrome, visual studio and solitaire xD.

I thought about that, but wasn't there something about Ryzen' not having integrated graphics? I could be wrong though, but saving on the purchase of a gpu will be cheaper methinks.

Some apps do use GPU acceleration which helps make work faster. No need for a high performance one though, even a GTX 1050 should be good enough just for visual studio.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor  ($193.88 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock - X370 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard  ($119.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory  ($82.90 @ Newegg Marketplace) 
Storage: Samsung - PM961 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 
Storage: Kingston - SSDNow UV400 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($91.87 @ OutletPC) 
Case: Fractal Design - Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case  ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($70.98 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($89.89 @ OutletPC) 
Total: $699.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-25 07:03 EDT-0400

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2 minutes ago, Ordinarily_Greater said:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor  ($193.88 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock - X370 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard  ($119.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory  ($82.90 @ Newegg Marketplace) 
Storage: Samsung - PM961 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 
Storage: Kingston - SSDNow UV400 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($91.87 @ OutletPC) 
Case: Fractal Design - Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case  ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($70.98 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($89.89 @ OutletPC) 
Total: $699.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-25 07:03 EDT-0400

That won't work, Ryzen doesn't have an iGPU

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Just now, seon123 said:

That won't work, Ryzen doesn't have an iGPU

oh great forgot that

RX 550?

"Make it future proof for some years at least, don't buy "only slightly better" stuff that gets outdated 1 year, that's throwing money away" @pipoawas

 

-Frequencies DON'T represent everything and in many cases that is true (referring to Individual CPU Clocks).

 

Mention me if you want to summon me sooner or later

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My head on 2019 :

Note 10, S10, Samsung becomes Apple, Zen 2, 3700X, Renegade X lol

 

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Just now, Ordinarily_Greater said:

oh great forgot that

RX 550?

Depends on if OP will benefit from any GPU acceleration. A cheap GT730 or GT610 might do the job. Or just a used 750 Ti or similar

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Just now, seon123 said:

Depends on if OP will benefit from any GPU acceleration. A cheap GT730 or GT610 might do the job. Or just a used 750 Ti or similar

yah but is it great?

"Make it future proof for some years at least, don't buy "only slightly better" stuff that gets outdated 1 year, that's throwing money away" @pipoawas

 

-Frequencies DON'T represent everything and in many cases that is true (referring to Individual CPU Clocks).

 

Mention me if you want to summon me sooner or later

Spoiler

My head on 2019 :

Note 10, S10, Samsung becomes Apple, Zen 2, 3700X, Renegade X lol

 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor  ($193.88 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard  ($108.89 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($77.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung - PM961 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 
Storage: SK hynix - SL308 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB SC GAMING Video Card  ($109.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Silverstone - Sugo SG13B Mini ITX Tower Case  ($39.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($26.99 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($89.89 @ OutletPC) 
Total: $726.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-25 07:17 EDT-0400

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Heatsink: Gelid Phantom Black GPU: Palit RTX 3060 Ti Dual RAM: Corsair DDR4 2x8GB 3000Mhz mobo: Asus X570-P case: Fractal Design Define C PSU: Superflower Leadex Gold 650W

 

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16 minutes ago, herman mcpootis said:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor  ($193.88 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard  ($108.89 @ OutletPC) 
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($77.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung - PM961 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 
Storage: SK hynix - SL308 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB SC GAMING Video Card  ($109.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Silverstone - Sugo SG13B Mini ITX Tower Case  ($39.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($26.99 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($89.89 @ OutletPC) 
Total: $726.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-25 07:17 EDT-0400

that 1050 2GB tho, the icing

"Make it future proof for some years at least, don't buy "only slightly better" stuff that gets outdated 1 year, that's throwing money away" @pipoawas

 

-Frequencies DON'T represent everything and in many cases that is true (referring to Individual CPU Clocks).

 

Mention me if you want to summon me sooner or later

Spoiler

My head on 2019 :

Note 10, S10, Samsung becomes Apple, Zen 2, 3700X, Renegade X lol

 

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CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor  ($193.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard  ($108.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory  ($76.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Samsung - PM961 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Storage: SK hynix - SL308 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB SC GAMING Video Card  ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master - Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case  ($38.89 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $724.51
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-25 07:33 EDT-0400
 
If you wanted to save a little bit extra money, then go with the R5-1500X 4c/8t CPU which brings the cost down to $700.01. Adding in a 1050ti 4GB variant to the total $700.01 (this is with the R5-1500X). would bring the cost to $730.01 and the cost for the ryzen 5 1600 configuration +GTX 1050ti 4GB would add up to $754.51.
 
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15 minutes ago, TheBeastPC said:
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Thanks man, I've decided to go with this build with the GTX 1050ti, I've a feeling that it's a little more "future-proof".

I'm a little worried about cooler dimensions with regards to the case, but I'm sure I'll figure it out when I build it! :D

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2 minutes ago, peredv said:

Thanks man, I've decided to go with this build with the GTX 1050ti, I've a feeling that it's a little more "future-proof".

I'm a little worried about cooler dimensions with regards to the case, but I'm sure I'll figure it out when I build it! :D

The 1050ti is definitely a good card for 1080p gaming, and if you ever decide to do some gaming, the 1050ti 4GB model will give you respectable fps at various settings. The Maximun CPU cooler height for your case is 76mm, ryzen already comes with a stock wraith cooler that will do the job just fine, considering your not overclocking, but, if you want improved thermals, then there are plenty of aftermarket coolers avaliable.

 

  • You can refer to cooler masters website for all the demensions for your case, *HERE*
  • You can also refer to this link *HERE* for all compatible CPU coolers for your case 
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25 minutes ago, TheBeastPC said:

The 1050ti is definitely a good card for 1080p gaming

Gaming isn't an issue though, it's more the case of certain tasks being gpu-accelerated that bought me. This is for work, at home I have a 1080ti, i7-7700k and a 240hz monitor, so I'm all good on videogames ^_^

But I will have to do some very light video-editing, photoshop etc. that more cores and a gpu certainly will help speed up.

 

Thanks for the compatibility sources, now I just have to figure out the dimensions on the "stock" cooler that comes with the ryzen I've ordered... I think I'll just wait and see, try it out and buy an AIO if it turns out sour.

 

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